Crime on the rise
NEW figures have revealed a sharp rise in crime on last year’s statistics.
Compared with December 2014, December last year saw a 14 per cent overall crime increase with robbery going up 89 per cent.
The metro area was experiencing an unseasonal rise in crime throughout the winter months and WA Police launched Operation Sweep in order to curb the issue.
Police Minster Liza Harvey recently launched a campaign called Tougher on Crooks.
“One-third of home burglaries and other property theft, such as valuables from cars, occur where doors and windows have been left unlocked or valuable items left in full view,” she said.
“This campaign will remind the community they can join with police officers, and have a serious impact in making it tougher for crooks.”
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan called the $500,000 campaign a waste of money.
He said people did not need to be told to lock up their homes and cars.
“This is seven consecutive months of double digit increases across the metropolitan area,” he said.
“The new policing model hasn’t worked and they should have got rid of.
“They need to go back to traditional policing methods of being on the streets.
“This is very disturbing for householders.”